A staff of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), identified as Carter Oshodin has committed suicide in Edo State over alleged hardship.
According to information gathered by DAILY GIST, the deceased was working as a data entry staff in the institution but became financially constrained following the strike action by the academic and non-academic unions in Universities.
It could be recalled that the federal government had vowed that it would not pay the striking university workers, insisting on its no work no pay policy.
It was learnt that the deceased had lamented his inability to offset some bills including his daughter’s school fees.
One of Oshodin’s Facebook friends simply identified as, Edward, revealed that Oshodin had lamented about how he could not pay for his daughter’s fee.
He said, “He committed suicide on Friday and according to a post on his Facebook, he said he was facing financial difficulties and could pay the school fees of his two young daughters. It is a pathetic situation.”
He was said to have approached some neighbours soliciting financial help from them prior to his decision to take his own life.
Confirming the incident, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzor, said, although the command is aware of the unfortunate incident, it is yet to officially receive the report.
“Yes, the command happens to be aware of it by following up events and processes in the state, not that the family of the man who committed suicide reported it officially.”
“The case remains unreported to date but we are aware of it because of our interest in following event in the state,” the PPRO said.